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Sea Shepherd finds Japanese ship 'with slaughtered whale'

Sydney - A Japanese ship has been caught with a slaughtered whale in the Antarctic in defiance of an international court decision against Tokyo's hunts, activist group Sea Shepherd said Sunday.

Japan's Abe pushes Pacific trade deal in Australia

Sydney - Japan and Australia will work together to ensure the Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade deal comes into force, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said on Saturday, making no mention of strong US opposition.

Japan fish exorcists battered by animal abuse claims

Toukyo - A religious ceremony in Japan where carp are plied with alcohol before being returned to a river has left animal rights activists feeling green around the gills.

Japan's Abe enjoys Duterte's folksy diplomacy in Philippines

Davao - With a visit to Philipine President Rodrigo Duterte's bedroom, having one of the world's rarest birds named in his honour and guided by a sockless host, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe had a morning to remember on Friday.

Scientists closer to solving mystery of Earth's core

Toukyo - Japanese scientists say that silicon is likely the mystery element in the Earth's inner core, claiming progress on solving one of the planet's deepest secrets.

China makes war with Japan six years longer

Bejing - China has ordered all schools to teach pupils that its 20th-century war with Japan lasted 14 years rather than eight, the education ministry said Wednesday, to "strengthen patriotic education".

Japan plans to have new emperor in 2019: media

Toukyo - Japan is planning for Emperor Akihito to retire and be replaced by his eldest son on January 1, 2019, reports said Wednesday, as the country works on a legal framework for its first abdication in 200 years.

Japan envoy returns home in S.Korea 'comfort woman' row

Toukyo - Japan's ambassador to South Korea returned to Tokyo on Monday, reiterating its frustration over a statue of a "comfort woman" which has reignited a diplomatic row over Tokyo's wartime sex slavery.

Japan PM urges S.Korea to remove 'comfort woman' statue

Toukyo - Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has called on South Korea to remove a statue of a "comfort woman" which has reignited a diplomatic row over Tokyo's wartime sex slavery.

Mexico slams 'threats' against investors

Mexico - Mexico's economy ministry, in an apparent reference to US President-elect Donald Trump, rejected on Friday any threats made to deter companies from investing in the country.

Japan recalls S. Korea envoy over 'comfort woman' statue

Toukyo - Japan recalled its ambassador to South Korea on Friday to protest the placing of a statue symbolising victims of Japanese wartime sex slavery outside its consulate in the city of Busan last month.

Japan recalls S. Korea envoy over 'comfort woman' statue

Toukyo - Japan recalled its ambassador to South Korea on Friday to protest the placing of a statue symbolising victims of Japanese wartime sex slavery outside its consulate in the city of Busan last month.

Japan recalls S. Korea envoy over 'comfort woman' statue

Toukyo - Japan recalled its ambassador to South Korea on Friday to protest the placing of a statue symbolising victims of Japanese wartime sex slavery outside its consulate in the city of Busan last month.

French police search forest for body of Japanese student

Besan - Police in eastern France searched a forest on Thursday for the body of a missing Japanese student as a chilling video emerged in which a man thought to be her fugitive Chilean ex-boyfriend threatens her.

Japan's 'Tuna King' wins annual auction for $636,000

Toukyo - Japan's self-styled "Tuna King" has done it again -- paying more than $600,000 for a single fish.

Japan's 'Tuna King' wins annual auction for $636,000

Toukyo - Japan's self-styled "Tuna King" has done it again -- paying more than $600,000 for a single fish.

Japan's 'Tuna King' wins annual auction for $636,000

Toukyo - Japan's self-styled "Tuna King" has done it again -- paying more than $600,000 for a single fish.

Japan begins long weekend policy to end 'death by overwork'

In Japan, three-day weekend policies could be the first step toward a public-health campaign centered on fixing the country's poor work-life balance.

Chilean wanted for suspected murder of Japanese student

Besan - French authorities have issued a warrant for the arrest of a Chilean man suspected of murdering a Japanese student who went missing in the town of Besancon last month, authorities said on Tuesday.

Japanese Emperor greets New Year well-wishers

Toukyo - Japan's Emperor Akihito delivered his traditional New Year address Monday with tens of thousands of people flocking to the Imperial Palace for what could be his last such appearance after he expressed his desire to abdicate.

S. Korea allows new 'comfort women' statue

Seoul - The southern South Korean port of Busan said Friday it would allow activists to place a statue symbolising victims of Japanese wartime sex slavery outside the city's Japanese consulate.

Japan defence minister visits Yasukuni war shrine

Toukyo - Japan's hawkish defence minister prayed Thursday at a controversial war shrine in Tokyo the day after accompanying Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on a symbolic visit of reconciliation to Pearl Harbor, drawing swift condemnation from neighbour South Korea.

Boss of Japan's biggest ad company resigns after employee suicide

Matsuri Takahashi, a 24-year-old Dentsu employee, fell to her death from the window of her corporate dormitory in December 2015, The Japan Times reported.

Strong quake hits northeast Japan, no tsunami risk

Toukyo - A strong earthquake struck northeast of Tokyo late Wednesday but there was no fear of a tsunami, Japan's meteorological agency said.It put the magnitude at 6.3, while the US Geological Survey measured it at 5.9.

Japan hails Pearl Harbor visit while bracing for Trump

Toukyo - Japanese on Wednesday hailed a historic visit by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to Pearl Harbor, praising his message of reconciliation with the United States but wary of the future after Donald Trump takes office.

Abe, Obama hail reconciliation at Pearl Harbor

Ewa Beach - The leaders of America and Japan made a poignant joint pilgrimage to Pearl Harbor, issuing symbolic declarations about the power of reconciliation and warning against the drumbeat of conflict.

Japan's Abe departs for visit to Pearl Harbour

Toukyo - Prime Minister Shinzo Abe departed Monday for Hawaii where he will visit Pearl Harbour with US President Barack Obama as the two countries highlight decades of post-World War II reconciliation.

After Hiroshima, Abe and Obama to pay respects at Pearl Harbor

Honolulu - Seven months after President Barack Obama visited Hiroshima, the city where World War II all but ended, Japanese Prime Minster Shinzo Abe is paying his respects at the site where the brutal conflict began.

Japan's Monju fast-breeder nuclear reactor goes on scrap heap

Tsuruga - Japan has decided to finally scrap its Monju experimental fast-breeder nuclear reactor, once envisioned as being a savior for the resource-poor country's energy needs.

Huge crowds cheer Japan emperor on 83rd birthday

Toukyo - The biggest crowds of his nearly three-decade reign thronged Japan's Imperial Palace on Friday to celebrate Emperor Akihito's 83rd birthday on what could be his last such appearance after expressing his desire to abdicate.
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